Papa John’s Trophy Final: Momentum is key, says MacDonald

Winning the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final against Sunderland AFC might present Tranmere Rovers with the right springboard to realize additional success says defender Calum MacDonald.

Keith Hill’s side have already overwhelmed Sky Bet League One opposition in Peterborough United and Oxford United to achieve the Final of the competition, and now look to get past one other as they face high-flying Sunderland at Wembley Stadium in Sunday’s Final.

“Sunderland are the kind of outfit that we wish to be taking part in against,” he said, talking solely to the EFL. 

“We’ve got played a number of teams from League One this season and overwhelmed them, so we have undoubtedly proven that we’re ok. 

“Beating Peterborough gave us lots of confidence as a result of they have been top of League One on the time, we now have lots of lads within the dressing room which have played at a better level and it’s great to have that have round you.”

MacDonald signed on a everlasting foundation for Tranmere lately, after a greater than spectacular loan spell from mum or dad membership Blackpool, and the teen has his eyes firmly fastened on a league and cup double this season. 

“I signed right here completely in January as a result of I really get pleasure from being on the membership, I’m loving each second and it is the primary membership that I’ve really been capable of play regularly and consistently get minutes under my belt.

“With us on track when it comes to combating for promotion was one other big consider signing as well.”

Forward of Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy Final, Tranmere sit just two points off top in what’s an extremely close Sky Bet League Two promotion race. 

“It’s a big incentive for me to get promoted with this membership and this competition might present us with lots of momentum to assist us with that promotion push.”

The Birkenhead membership actually has fond memories of taking part in at Wembley Stadium, this being their fourth visit in 5 years, with a big contingent of the Tremendous White Military christening the National Stadium as ‘Prenton Park South’ after current victories.

Sunday is a primary EFL Trophy Final for Tranmere in 30 years nevertheless, and it is a competition that MacDonald holds in excessive regard having made his debut for Derby County U21s within the Group Stages within the 2016/17 marketing campaign. 

“I made my debut on this competition for Derby County U21s,” he continued. “It was a fantastic expertise, that is the distinctive ingredient of this competition, it provides kids a chance and that is vital.

“It was a really helpful expertise to play against EFL Golf equipment on the time, and it really helped me attain the level that I’m at now.”

The competition has additionally given him a chance that the majority footballers dream of, the chance to play at Wembley. 

“Each footballer’s dream is to play at Wembley no less than as soon as in your career, it’s all the time an ambition to go there and play a few of your best football. That is my first time there. 

“Going there and winning will make that have even higher for me, no one desires to come back from Wembley on the shedding side.” 


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